Blog https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/category/blog en Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads II https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/05/28/celebrating-2020-charter-grads-ii <span>Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads II</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/28/2020 - 16:19</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-05-28T12:00:00Z">May 28, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-05/jet%20ski%20post%202.png?itok=ipoc0pWZ" width="250" height="250" alt="jet ski" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p>With pandemic-related closures changing the way schools operate, graduation looks different across all schools in the nation. From virtual celebrations to car parades—schools are finding a way to commemorate student’s dedication throughout the years. In an online commencement address to the 2020 graduating class, former President Barack Obama told students “…your graduation marks your passage into adulthood.”</p> <p>In this series, we will share how high school seniors at charter school across the country are celebrating this monumental moment in their lives.</p> <h2><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>A Graduation to Remember</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The high school seniors at <strong><a href="https://twitter.com/GMA/status/1266336419171139585?s=20&amp;fbclid=IwAR3Nqe7fLm20eKK5mFbtv_-OQb79Nrs1Tp5R81QEIiWL4X_F_6fEHVkdh7Q">Somerset Island Prep</a></strong> in Florida graduated in style—on jet skis! Thanks to a local business that allowed the students to use their jet skis to help celebrate this milestone, the students received lessons prior to their big day and then jet skied in front of Key West’s <span>Southernmost House wearing their gowns and masks—where the principal stood on the dock to hand out their diplomas. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span>Drive up—Grab your Diploma</span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Students at </span></span></span></span><strong><span><a href="https://www.independenttribune.com/news/carolina-international-schools-senior-graduate-together-at-a-distance/article_5aa01356-9f65-11ea-863e-93dd74e63cdf.html"><span><span><span>Carolina International School</span></span></span></a></span></strong><span><span><span><span><strong> </strong>in North Carolina participated in a drive-thru graduation ceremony. Staying close to tradition, the students listened to speeches from the valedictorian, salutatorian, and keynote speaker—while also following social distancing guidelines. The high school seniors then hopped out of vehicles and joined a line one at a time to receive their diplomas. Each graduate received a handmade mask to celebrate this moment. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><a href="https://pamplinmedia.com/sp/68-news/468024-378946-boring-charter-school-arranges-drive-thru-graduation-pwoff"><span><span><span>At Oregon Trail Academy</span></span></span></a></span></strong><span><span><span><span>, school leaders are planning a two-part celebration. Students will participate in a drive-thru ceremony in the afternoon and watch the pre-recorded portion in the evening. The virtual celebration will include speeches from the valedictorian, salutatorian, and commencement speaker. It will also include words of wisdom from the graduates and photos. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Kudos to the schools above for their creativity and determination to help their students celebrate a new chapter!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><em><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/brittnee-exum"><strong>Brittnee Exum</strong></a> is the manager of marketing and communications at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></p> <p><em>This post is part of an <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/451">ongoing series</a> </strong>to celebrate high school seniors’ graduation stories from charter schools across the country, despite pandemic-related school closures. Kudos to students and schools for their accomplishments and finding innovative ways to celebrate.</em></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/451" hreflang="en">Charter Grads 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17783&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="WGX4tbC4mLV1jI4YMQA6D2xqMLEDICTb7Ys3AI98cfY"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 28 May 2020 20:19:20 +0000 brittnee 17783 at https://www.publiccharters.org Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/05/21/celebrating-2020-charter-grads <span>Celebrating 2020 Charter Grads</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/21/2020 - 10:23</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-05-21T12:00:00Z">May 21, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-05/grad%20post%201.png?itok=f0LJUkTL" width="250" height="250" alt="grad cap and diploma " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span>With pandemic-related closures changing the way schools operate, graduation looks different across all schools in the nation. From virtual celebrations to car parades—schools are finding a way to commemorate student’s dedication throughout the years. In an online commencement address to the 2020 graduating class, former President Barack Obama told students “…your graduation marks your passage into adulthood.” </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In this series, we will share how high school seniors at charter school across the country are celebrating this monumental moment in their lives.  </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Yard Signs and #RASeniorsStrong </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><a href="https://patch.com/pennsylvania/phoenixville/class-2020-given-boost-renaissance-academy-board"><strong><span><span><span>Renaissance Academy</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in Pennsylvania is helping their high school seniors show off their accomplishments! The school gave their students yard signs to keep spirits high and celebrate graduation. Members of the school’s board of trustees went door-to-door delivering the signs. Many students are showing their appreciation and enthusiasm on social media—using the hashtag #RASeniorsStrong. </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span><span>Charter School-Attending Twins Accepted into 38 Colleges</span></span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Two high school seniors at </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span><span><a href="https://cbs58.com/news/milwaukee-twin-sisters-are-accepted-into-38-schools-awarded-1m-in-scholarships"><strong><span><span><span>Dr. Howard Fuller Collegiate Academy</span></span></span></strong></a></span><span><span><span><span> in Wisconsin are celebrating double time after being accepted into 38 colleges and offered more than $1 million in scholarships. Twins Arianna and Arielle Williams  decided to stay in their home state for college to study nursing at Marquette University. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>A Drive-Thru Graduation Celebration </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><a href="https://www.newarkpostonline.com/news/newark-charter-salutes-seniors-with-drive-thru-graduation-ceremony/article_69094f56-bac1-5dd3-8086-c36cc940d358.html"><strong><span><span><span>Newark Charter School</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in New Jersey held a drive-thru graduation for their high school seniors. Parents and students drove through the parking lot to celebrate this milestone. Each senior had the opportunity to exit the car one at a time to receive their diploma. Families later received a recording of the school’s commencement speeches. </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Virtual Graduation with Social Distancing in Mind</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><a href="https://www.nbcmiami.com/news/local/education-on-6/pembroke-pines-charter-high-school-holds-unique-graduation-ceremony-amid-pandemic/2233661/"><strong><span><span><span>Pembroke Pines Charter High School</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in Florida held a virtual graduation for their high school seniors. To make the moment extra special, the students were assigned a time to report to the school, line up 10 feet apart outside, and walk across the stage in the auditorium one at a time. A photographer captured the moment for each student to create a video of the ceremony for families. </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>100% Acceptance Rate for Success Academy Seniors</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>Every graduating senior in one of New York City’s largest charter school networks has the choice of attending college this fall. Success Academy’s <strong><a href="https://nypost.com/2020/05/01/entire-success-academy-senior-class-accepted-to-college/">High School of the Liberal Arts in Manhattan</a></strong> enrolls 98 seniors and every single one earned admission to universities, including Yale, Penn, Duke, and Georgetown. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Congratulations to these individuals in the 2020 class of charter school graduates!</span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><span><em><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/brittnee-exum"><strong>Brittnee Exum</strong></a> is the manager of marketing and communications at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><em><span><span><span><span><span><span>This post is part of an <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/451">ongoing series</a> </strong>to celebrate high school seniors’ graduation stories from charter schools across the country, despite pandemic-related school closures. Kudos to students and schools for their accomplishments and finding innovative ways to celebrate.</span></span></span></span></span></span></em></span></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/451" hreflang="en">Charter Grads 2020</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17749&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="9IetZGYUzo-YveKehZ1gYFcwKl2QN1LwvUb2g6BU4v0"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 21 May 2020 14:23:33 +0000 brittnee 17749 at https://www.publiccharters.org Education in the Digital Age: Three Key Takeaways from Our Webinar with Code.org’s Hadi Partovi https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/05/20/education-digital-age-three-key-takeaways-our-webinar-codeorgs-hadi-partovi <span>Education in the Digital Age: Three Key Takeaways from Our Webinar with Code.org’s Hadi Partovi</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Wed, 05/20/2020 - 09:18</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/sindy-pierre-noel" hreflang="en">Sindy Pierre-Noel</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-05-20T12:00:00Z">May 20, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-05/Stock%20photo%20of%20teacher%20and%20students%20with%20iPads%20%28250px%29.png?itok=QmeotCJx" width="250" height="250" alt="Stock photo of teacher and students with iPads" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span>Fifty-five million students in the United States are home due to the COVID-19 global health pandemic. Schools around the country not only had to pivot to remote learning quickly, but they have had to evaluate what, why, and how students learn. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>As part of our COVID-19 webinar series, Code.org Founder and CEO Hadi Partovi joined us to discuss what schools need to consider as they plan to reopen their doors and reimagine education for the 21st century. Hadi shared some great insights and tips for parents and teachers and provided background on Code.org's efforts to expand access to computer science for underrepresented groups. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Below are three key takeaways from the conversation: </span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span>1. Computer science makes schools better</span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span>Two hundred years ago when the traditional school model was created, computers did not exist. Today, computers are part of our everyday life; we use them for school, work, and play. However, only about 47% of public schools teach computer science. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Computer science is a core skill that helps students improve in math, science, and reading, and studies have shown that students who study computer science are more likely to go to college. Hadi's vision for the future of education includes computer science as a core subject. He also encourages schools to consider teaching computer science and think critically about what we want kids to learn and why. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Hadi asks us to consider what foundational skills students need to have in the Information Age and how schools can ensure that every student is ready for the new global economy.</span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span>2. Learn the tech tools </span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span>Teachers and students alike had to adapt to teaching and learning online quickly. However, most teachers don't have the training necessary to teach online. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>This brings us to Hadi's second consideration for reimagining schools—that teachers must learn new technology tools and keep current with online resources to help supplement in-school learning. Our students live in a digital world, and schools must adapt to learning in that environment. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Embracing new online learning tools will free up time for teachers to mentor students and get students invested in their learning. It also answers the age-old question about how we keep students engaged. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>The answer, in this case, is meeting them where they are: online.  </span></span></p> <p><strong><span><span>3. Plan for every student to have a device </span></span></strong></p> <p><span><span>Whether reopening in the summer or the fall, schools are beginning to lay out plans for opening their doors. And the final factor that Hadi urges schools to consider is a plan for every student to have a device. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Planning for every student to have a device is not just an urgency for this global pandemic, but it is a requirement for next year and the years to come. Students falling behind in their studies because they've missing months of learning should not happen due to a lack of technology. The CARES act has allocated 12 billion dollars that schools can use towards bridging the digital divide. </span></span></p> <p><span><span>Hadi also suggests creating partnerships with tech companies that can provide devices directly to students and nonprofits that receive computer donations and can give them to students in need.</span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><span><em><span><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/staff/sindy-pierre-noel"><span><span><span>Sindy Pierre-Noel</span></span></span></a> is the senior manager of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</span></span></span></em></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4><span><span><strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IzkgqSEtPLQ">Watch the webinar</a></strong> with Code.org Founder Hadi Partovi and continue the conversation with the <strong><a href="https://ncsc.publiccharters.org/ncscvirtual">virtual National Charter Schools Conference</a></strong> this July! </span></span></h4> </blockquote></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/159" hreflang="en">National Charter Schools Conference</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17746&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="SKxy61boRGdOVYFpGM3y57v62Zn-f2wlVHwcAvgEYcA"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 20 May 2020 13:18:26 +0000 Melinda 17746 at https://www.publiccharters.org Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XXIII https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/05/07/uplifting-stories-charter-community-xxiii <span>Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XXIII</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></span> <span>Thu, 05/07/2020 - 13:11</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum-0" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum </a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-05-07T12:00:00Z">May 7, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-05/piano%20keys%20.png?itok=_1NSIAqF" width="250" height="250" alt="piano keys" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a></strong>.</em><br />  </p> <p>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term <em>social distancing </em>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.</p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Students Explore Music</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>Students at </span></span></span><a href="https://news4sanantonio.com/news/local/sa-sound-garden-not-letting-covid-19-keep-from-teaching-students-about-music"><strong><span><span><span>The School of Science and Technology Northwest</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in Texas are staying connected through music. They paired with the San Antonio Sound Garden to host a STEM and music club online where students focus on how to create music. </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Helps Feed Community </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><a href="https://www.theoaklandpress.com/news/coronavirus/handing-out-64-000-meals-a-week-local-charter-school-joins-feeding-fight/article_197f31f8-8e3b-11ea-b559-b3b3292d7023.html"><strong><span><span><span>Keys Grace Academy</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in Michigan is helping to feed others during the pandemic. They are distributing sixty-four thousand meals a week. Any person under 18 can pick up food from one of the school’s meal distribution sites. In addition, the school is using buses to deliver meals to homes. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In North Carolina, </span></span></span><a href="https://www.witn.com/content/news/Arapahoe-Charter-School-student-garden-helps-feed-those-in-need-570226341.html"><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Arapahoe Charter School</span></span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> donated fresh vegetables for families in-need. The students planted seeds in the school’s garden before it closed—and now their hard work is going to a good cause! The school garden is a part of Operation Veggie Box which helps feed families in the community. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter Schools Celebrate Teachers and Students</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><a href="https://www.reviewjournal.com/local/local-las-vegas/more-than-1000-students-thank-teachers-with-a-parade-2021148/"><strong><span><span><span>Legacy Traditional School</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in Nevada had a parade for their teachers. More than one thousand students and their families participated to show teachers how much they are appreciated and missed. Teachers also held signs and greeted their students with a smile. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><a href="https://wcti12.com/news/local/charter-school-has-reverse-parade-for-students"><strong><span><span><span>Tiller School</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in North Carolina also hosted a parade—but in reverse. They called it the “Aloha Reverse Parade,” where teachers embraced a Hawaiian-theme, held signs, and waved to their students. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In New York, Reach Charter School surprised their teachers with gift baskets delivered to their front doors. The teachers expressed their gratitude </span></span></span><a href="https://www.wivb.com/health/coronavirus/reach-academy-charter-school-dropping-off-gift-baskets-to-teachers/"><strong><span><span><span>on video</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Provides Online Open Classroom</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>In California, </span></span></span><a href="https://springscs.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/04/OPEN-classroom-food-service-4-14-20.pdf"><strong><span><span><span>Springs Charter Schools’</span></span></span></strong></a><strong> </strong><span><span><span>open classroom is attracting students from all over, including the United Kingdom, India, and Japan. The daily lessons are free and open to all. They also share COVID-19 resources to help support students. To help keep students motivated, they shared a video on </span></span></span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NKJy-zvJ8A&amp;feature=youtu.be"><strong><span><span><span>YouTube</span></span></span></strong></a><strong> </strong><span><span><span>to highlight how students are learning at home. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Kudos to this school and the others above to providing support to students, parents, teachers, and the community. </span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at <a href="mailto:brittnee@publiccharters.org">brittnee@publiccharters.org</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Brittnee Exum is the manager of communications and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></strong></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17634&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="LHjdONPICjHdHAGc18HQW4HxGVS5OmKSTFrDeT_LKNI"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 07 May 2020 17:11:10 +0000 brittnee 17634 at https://www.publiccharters.org Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XXII https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/05/05/uplifting-stories-charter-community-xxii <span>Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XXII</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></span> <span>Tue, 05/05/2020 - 09:48</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-05-05T12:00:00Z">May 5, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-05/Blog%20250%20post%20xxii.png?itok=gif2-fab" width="250" height="250" alt="parent holding sign during covid" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a></strong>.</em><br />  </p> <p>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term <em>social distancing </em>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.</p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Hosts Parent Parade </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>The bond between students, teachers, and parents is holding strong at Ezequiel Tafoya Alvarado Academy in California! This was evident during their recent car parade with students and parents driving by with signs showing appreciation for teachers and staff. The feeling was mutual with teachers and staff members also holding signs sharing how much they missed the students and parents. A strong bond is not the only thing this school is celebrating. They were awarded the </span></span></span><strong><a href="https://www.etaacharter.com/ourpages/auto/2020/2/6/44308608/School_Choice_Leadership_Award_2020.pdf"><span><span><span>School Choice Leadership Award</span></span></span></a></strong><span><span><span> this year by National School Choice Week. Excellent job to this charter school for their service to students and creative ways to keep the school community uplifted. </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Provides Meals and Supplies for Community</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><a href="https://www.11alive.com/section/east-point"><strong><span><span><span>East Point Charter School</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in Georgia is stepping up to meet the needs of families in their community during the pandemic. School leaders emphasized the importance of taking care of students and going the extra mile to help others outside of their school community. The school offers free meals to students and others in the surrounding area twice a week, along with essentials such as toilet paper, bottled water, laundry detergent, tissue, and more. In addition, school leaders equipped students to continue learning online by providing laptops and WIFI hotspots. These efforts demonstrate the importance of reaching out to help others during tough times. </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Entire Senior Class Accepted into College </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>Every senior at Success Academy’s </span></span></span><a href="https://nypost.com/2020/05/01/entire-success-academy-senior-class-accepted-to-college/"><strong><span><span><span>High School of Liberal Arts</span></span></span></strong></a><strong> </strong><span><span><span>in New York is college bound! This year each student has been accepted into a university. Some of these schools include Yale and Georgetown. Superb job by the teachers, parents, and staff who supported these students. And congrats to the students for pushing through and achieving greatness! </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Nurse Returns to ICU to Help Fight COVID-19</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>A middle school nurse at </span></span></span><a href="https://www.valleybreeze.com/2020-04-29/observer-smithfield-west/school-nurse-returns-icu-after-closures#.XrAkFKhKjct"><strong><span><span><span>Blackstone Valley Prep</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in Rhode Island is heading to the frontlines to help battle COVID-19. The nurse once worked in the intensive care unit at multiple medical centers before joining the Blackstone team. After the school’s closure, she reached out to medical providers in the area to see how she could help. She is now in the hospital treating COVID patients and still working remotely at school. The nurse’s passion to help others led her back into the medical field, however, she attributes her strength and drive to her scholars who keep her uplifted. </span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at <a href="mailto:brittnee@publiccharters.org">brittnee@publiccharters.org</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Brittnee Exum is the manager of communications and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17622&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="Tp30wYYvpdoEGSvFzWpfw_09wh0LgHN8U9o1Lze0I3k"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 05 May 2020 13:48:53 +0000 brittnee 17622 at https://www.publiccharters.org Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XXI https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/05/04/uplifting-stories-charter-community-xxi <span>Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XXI</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></span> <span>Mon, 05/04/2020 - 09:26</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-05-04T12:00:00Z">May 4, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-05/wellness%20250x.png?itok=7uJI7Hpy" width="250" height="250" alt="wellness and mental health" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a></strong>.</em><br />  </p> <p>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term <em>social distancing </em>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.</p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter Schools Host Drive-Thru Celebrations for Students</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>The COVID-19 pandemic is not stopping this charter school from celebrating their high school seniors. </span></span></span><a href="https://www.southbendtribune.com/news/education/career-academy-to-host-drive-thru-graduation-for-seniors/article_6fa52298-8a2d-11ea-9c0e-13e7309a9481.html"><strong><span><span><span>Career Academy South Bend</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in Indiana will have a drive-thru ceremony to highlight students’ accomplishments and pass out their diplomas. There will be one vehicle per student and families will remain inside during the celebration. And the school is not stopping there—they are honoring students on digital billboards in their community and spotlighting them on Facebook. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In Wyoming, </span></span></span><a href="https://www.laramieboomerang.com/laramie/students-teachers-celebrated-at-charter-school-s-drive-through-event/article_8d31f058-0e6c-5492-bb12-cd9206e7d721.html"><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Laramie Montessori Charter School</span></span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> is celebrating students, parents, and teachers using a drive-thru for a “Car Line Celebration.” This is an effort to unite the school community, provide a little normalcy, and create a positive end-of-the-school-year experience. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Collaborates to Help Families </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.rockymounttelegram.com/news/local/charter-school-church-help-feed-families/article_4aa205d2-6a55-522a-9e3c-70a6bb2983e2.html"><strong><span><span><span><span>Rocky Mount Prep</span></span></span></span></strong></a><strong> </strong><span><span><span><span>in North Carolina teamed up with a nearby church and foodbank to help provide meals for local families in-need. The volunteers sorted food items, packed boxes, and passed the packages out to vehicles who drove up. Altogether they distributed meals to 505 families. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Celebrates Mothers’ Day </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>SST Advancement in Texas is switching it up this Mothers’ Day. Normally, they would visit the students’ homes to celebrate, but this time mother’s will be able to drive up to the school. The moms who visit will receive a special gift and a heartfelt message. Kudos to this charter school for making sure parents feel appreciated during these difficult times.  </span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter Schools Focus on Mental Health </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>Excel Academy Charter School in Massachusetts launched a </span></span></span><a href="https://sites.google.com/view/excelcounseling/home?authuser=1"><strong><span><span><span>website</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span>  and </span></span></span><a href="http://www.instagram.com/excel_be_well"><strong><span><span><span>Instagram</span></span></span></strong></a><strong> </strong><span><span><span>page to support students’ mental health during the pandemic. Both feature counseling resources, physical health support, immigration information, where to find personal protective equipment, and COVID-19 testing information. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In North Carolina, </span></span></span><a href="https://wlos.com/news/local/wnc-school-adapts-lesson-plans-to-focus-on-students-mental-health"><strong><span><span><span><span>Evergreen Community Charter School</span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> is also incorporating mental health during virtual learning. Teachers and students discuss how they feel and what they are doing to cope during the coronavirus crisis. Through class meetings, dance parties, art time, or “fix-it-hour,” school leaders say they are committed to checking-in with students, providing resources, and keeping them uplifted. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter Schools Strengthen Online Learning</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>In Texas, Bloom Academy Charter School is giving students flexibility in their remote learning schedules. This is an effort to help each student learn more effectively and to help decrease any schedule challenges for parents. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In Florida, </span></span></span></span></span><a href="http://www.vieravoice.com/May-2020/Viera-Charter-takes-learning-to-the-next-level/"><strong><span><span><span><span>Viera Charter School</span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> parents shared how they are impressed by their school’s transition to remote learning. One parent noted feeling thankful for learning options. Students can tune in live to watch their teachers in real time or log-in later to see the recording. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <h2><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Creates Literacy Fund </span></span></span></strong></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><a href="https://www.fosters.com/news/20200430/seacoast-charter-school-creates-literacy-intervention-fund"><strong><span><span><span>Seacoast Charter School</span></span></span></strong></a><strong> </strong><span><span><span><span>in New Hampshire created a Literacy Intervention Fund to help students. The fund would help develop a literacy intervention program to meet students’ needs. One goal is to help close the student achievement gap and prevent the gap from growing due to the COVID-19 crisis. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at <a href="mailto:brittnee@publiccharters.org">brittnee@publiccharters.org</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Brittnee Exum is the manager of communications and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17608&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="52QpbEfIdoApjD6kDAsphnq9FTz5bcQGP0PlNVyPcUc"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Mon, 04 May 2020 13:26:47 +0000 brittnee 17608 at https://www.publiccharters.org Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XX https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/04/30/uplifting-stories-charter-community-xx <span>Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XX</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></span> <span>Thu, 04/30/2020 - 11:19</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum-0" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum </a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-04-30T12:00:00Z">April 30, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-04/student%20writing%20letter%20post%20XX.png?itok=pesdLz_I" width="250" height="250" alt="student writing a letter" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a></strong>.</em><br />  </p> <p>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term <em>social distancing </em>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.</p> <h2><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Makes Face Shields for Medical Center </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Summit Charter Intermediate Academy and Jim Maple Academy in California are putting their 3-D printers to good use. They are </span></span></span><a href="https://www.recorderonline.com/news/agents-of-shield-summit-charter-staff-make-face-shields-for-sierra-view/article_c7e95238-88a4-11ea-9ccc-ff440b54d0c3.html"><strong><span><span><span>creating face shields</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> to help healthcare professionals fight COVID-19. Their goal is to make 100 face shields to deliver to a local medical center. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <h2><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Students Write Letters to the Elderly</span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Service-learning students at Palm West Charter School in Florida provided comfort to residents in a nearby nursing home. They sent 35 handwritten letters featuring </span></span></span><a href="https://gotowncrier.com/2020/04/palms-west-charter-school-students-write-encouraging-letters-to-nursing-home/"><strong><span><span><span>words of encouragement</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> to uplift residents. Their heartfelt messages were well received. The nursing home team said residents loved the letters and they meant a great deal. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <h2><span><span><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Student Tutors Online </span></span></span></strong></span></span></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Teachers are not the only ones leading lessons online. A junior at Democracy Prep Harlem High School in New York shares math tips on TikTok. The 4.0 student </span></span></span><a href="https://newyork.cbslocal.com/2020/04/26/tiktok-tutor-alexis-loveras/"><strong><span><span><span>uploads videos</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> explaining algebra, geometry, and chemistry. He has more than one hundred sixty-five thousand followers. Students all over the globe are singing his praises—complementing how well he teaches online. In addition to empowering students to help others, Democracy Prep distributed over four thousand devices to students in the network and made sure each of them had internet access. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at <a href="mailto:brittnee@publiccharters.org">brittnee@publiccharters.org</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Brittnee Exum is the manager of communications and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></strong></p> <p> </p> <p> </p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17588&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="QilA4c3jzQByHKTIZnfJF0FVjVh8JldWgsQpdCNWdGE"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Thu, 30 Apr 2020 15:19:07 +0000 brittnee 17588 at https://www.publiccharters.org Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XIX https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/04/28/uplifting-stories-charter-community-xix <span>Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XIX</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></span> <span>Tue, 04/28/2020 - 10:30</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-04-28T12:00:00Z">April 28, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-04/post%20XIX%20photo%20.png?itok=uQfViiAz" width="250" height="250" alt="female student on tablet " typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a></strong>.</em><br />  </p> <p>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term <em>social distancing </em>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.</p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter School Opens Lines of Communication to Senior Citizens</span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><a href="https://hudsonreporter.com/2020/04/26/helping-the-vulnerable/"><strong><span><span><span><span>Hoboken Dual Language Charter School</span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> in New Jersey is working with their board president and councilwoman to help one of the most vulnerable groups affected during this pandemic—senior citizens. The school created a check-in program to call senior citizens who have signed up and connect them with resources to help meet their individual needs. In addition to providing information, the callers are there to listen and comfort them with conversation during the uncertain times. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span>Charter Schools Adapt to Online Learning </span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span>As charter schools continue to adapt to online learning, they are focused on educational equity and meeting the individual needs of their students. </span></span></span><a href="http://www.milwaukeeindependent.com/special/covid-19/school-network-provides-safe-education-with-online-program-for-milwaukees-latino-students/"><strong><span><span><span>Carmen Schools of Science and Technology</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> in Milwaukee passed out Chromebooks to more than 860 students who did not have computer access and mailed more than 500 learning packets to students who were unable to get online. School leaders say the goal is to create consistency for continued learning and a supportive school community. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In Massachusetts, the principal at </span></span></span><a href="https://www.wwlp.com/news/local-news/hampden-county/baystate-charter-adapting-to-online-learning-amid-covid-19/"><strong><span><span><span>Baystate Academy Charter Public School</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> discussed the strong system they have in place. This included accommodating each student who did not have computer access to help with the transition to virtual learning. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>In California, the </span></span></span><a href="http://blog.parentsquare.com/blog/2020/4/3/distance-learning-and-family-engagement-at-fortune-schools"><strong><span><span><span>Fortune Schools network</span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span> also made sure students were prepared for online classes. They placed Chromebooks in approximately one thousand students’ homes. Furthermore, they established a distance learning hub on their website as a resource for parents and teachers, featuring technology training videos, announcements, and virtual classrooms. </span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span>Kudos to the schools above and others who are standing strong on their commitment to serve their students. </span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at <a href="mailto:brittnee@publiccharters.org">brittnee@publiccharters.org</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Brittnee Exum is the manager of communications and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></strong></p> <p> </p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17566&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="K99aT3KMexXklOYABXT3fOWgR1Dro3vwYcQ60zJ-1Qs"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Tue, 28 Apr 2020 14:30:25 +0000 brittnee 17566 at https://www.publiccharters.org Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XVIII https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/04/24/uplifting-stories-charter-community-xviii <span>Uplifting Stories from the Charter Community XVIII</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/brittnee" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">brittnee</span></span> <span>Fri, 04/24/2020 - 12:25</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/brittnee-exum-0" hreflang="en">Brittnee Exum </a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-04-24T12:00:00Z">April 24, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-04/uplifting%20post%20XVIII_1.png?itok=sOoRcMfY" width="250" height="250" alt="positive note post XVIII" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><em>This post is part of an ongoing series sharing the positive stories that have come out of the challenges our schools are facing. To see all of the posts in this series, <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/taxonomy/term/449">click here</a></strong>.</em><br />  </p> <p>In a short amount of time, COVID-19 has changed the way we live. The term <em>social distancing </em>is a new norm—and families around the world are forced to adapt to new routines. While the lives of many have changed significantly, one thing that has remained consistent is the drive of school leaders and teachers to continue serving their students the best way they can. Despite the problems many Americans are facing, there are many examples that show how educators are going the extra mile.</p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Charter School Students Help Protect Healthcare Workers  </span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Delaware Governor John Carney commended a charter school student for his efforts to help protect the workers on the frontlines during the COVID-19 crisis. The junior at the Charter School of Wilmington </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://twitter.com/JohnCarneyDE/status/1252708903374204932"><strong><span><span><span><span>organized 3-D printing clubs</span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> to make face shields to help keep healthcare professionals safe. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In New Jersey, a charter school team is on the same mission to help protect essential workers. Students and teachers at LEAP Charter School donated </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://6abc.com/coronavirus-new-jersey-nj-covid-19-leap-acdemy-charter-school/6117650/"><strong><span><span><span><span>150 face shields</span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> they constructed using 3-D printers to their local medical centers. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Charter School Helps Families During COVID-19</span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Parents at University Prep in Colorado thanked the school </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://twitter.com/UPrepSchool/status/1252281007987765249"><strong><span><span><span><span>on video</span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> for their rapid response to COVID-19. The school distributed $23,448 to their most vulnerable families during the pandemic from a family support fund. Many parents shared their gratitude toward the school’s initiative and eagerness to support them during these difficult times. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <h2><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>Charter School Students Stay Connected During Crisis </span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></h2> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A charter school student shared </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://philadelphia.cbslocal.com/2020/04/23/coronavirus-philadelphia-universal-bluford-charter-school-remote-learning/"><strong><span><span><span><span>on video</span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span> how she enjoys seeing her teachers and friends online. Teachers and students at Universal Bluford Charter School in Philadelphia are staying connected during distance learning. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>The Community Charter School of Paterson in New Jersey are also keeping up with each other. The team calls students, teaches online, and uploads videos to YouTube to help students stay </span></span></span></span></span><a href="https://www.tapinto.net/towns/paterson/articles/how-the-community-charter-school-of-paterson-is-staying-connected"><strong><span><span><span><span>motivated</span></span></span></span></strong></a><span><span><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><strong><em>If you have an uplifting story to share about educators going the extra mile, please send it to me at <a href="mailto:brittnee@publiccharters.org">brittnee@publiccharters.org</a>.</em></strong></p> <p><strong><em>Brittnee Exum is the manager of communications and marketing at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</em></strong></p></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/449" hreflang="en">Uplifting Stories - COVID-19</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17541&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="pZ35LrhRAKnQZ8IvtOzu01jjJnPSBzbNEU5aOsefmUw"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Fri, 24 Apr 2020 16:25:48 +0000 brittnee 17541 at https://www.publiccharters.org The New Normal: Four Key Takeaways from our Webinar with Google’s Jaime Casap https://www.publiccharters.org/latest-news/2020/04/23/new-normal-four-key-takeaways-our-webinar-googles-jaime-casap <span>The New Normal: Four Key Takeaways from our Webinar with Google’s Jaime Casap</span> <span><span lang="" about="/user/melinda" typeof="schema:Person" property="schema:name" datatype="">Melinda</span></span> <span>Wed, 04/22/2020 - 14:48</span> <div class="uppercase field field--name-field-news-item-types field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><a href="/latest-news/category/blog" hreflang="en">Blog</a></div> <div class="field field--name-field-author-bio field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/about-us/staff/sindy-pierre-noel" hreflang="en">Sindy Pierre-Noel</a></div> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-pub-date field--type-datetime field--label-hidden field--item"><time datetime="2020-04-23T12:00:00Z">April 23, 2020</time> </div> <div class="field field--name-field-image-media field--type-entity-reference field--label-hidden field--item"><article class="media media-image view-mode-display"> <div class="field field--name-field-image field--type-image field--label-hidden field--item"> <img src="/sites/default/files/styles/large/public/images/2020-04/Square%20photo%20of%20family%20working%20and%20teaching%20from%20home.png?itok=X3pkefLO" width="250" height="250" alt="Photo of family working and teaching from home" typeof="foaf:Image" class="img-responsive" /> </div> </article> </div> <div class="field field--name-body field--type-text-with-summary field--label-hidden field--item"><p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The COVID-19 pandemic has thrust us into a strange new territory. We don't expect you to do it alone, but with the right tools we can forge ahead despite all of the challenges and uncertainty.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>That’s one of the reasons we launched our <strong><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/webinars">COVID-19 webinar series</a></strong> featuring keynote speakers from the National Charter Schools Conference who are pioneers in digital learning. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We were especially thrilled to feature Google’s Chief Education Evangelist Jaime Casap in last week’s webinar on working and teaching from home—also known as the new normal. You can <strong><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz6XkcRImAQ&amp;t=221s">watch the webinar in full</a></strong>, but we realize that some of you are juggling teaching fractions, making lunch, and preparing a presentation for work. So, we are breaking down four of the key takeaways:</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>1. Take a breath</span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>We are living in unprecedented times, so first things first, take a breath. We are all adjusting to the new normal—figuring out how to keep our families safe, stay at home, work from home, and teach at home. It's not easy. You will make mistakes, so give yourself time to adjust and don't be afraid to pivot. There is no blueprint; we are all learning as we go.  </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>2. Create a schedule, but be flexible </span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Your students have a daily schedule at school, so while they are home, establish a learning routine, but be flexible. Don't try to replicate school or the office at home. Instead, keep in mind the individual needs of your student and adapt to what works well. Create checkpoints and build in time for fun throughout the day to encourage exploration, creativity, and excitement about learning. Activities can be as simple as learning measurements and fractions by baking the family's favorite treat or taking a Code Break.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>3. Embrace Low-Tech Resources</span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>Due to the pandemic, schools across the country switched to distance learning and educators are teaching on platforms like Zoom and Google Classroom. Unfortunately, for many less privileged students, low-tech is the only option. We need to ensure that students who don't have access to technology don't fall behind or feel neglected. Educators and parents must use all available resources to keep the relationship between teachers and students. Office hours via phone and text or providing audio feedback on assignments are some of the ways that teachers can support students learning remotely who have little-to-no access to technology. </span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span>4. Invest in Education </span></span></span></span></span></strong></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span><span>The COVID-19 pandemic has put education at the forefront of all our minds. And while this crisis has highlighted many of the education inequalities faced by underprivileged students, it has also put us in a unique position to reimagine what's possible in education. Coming out of this crisis, Jaime highlights three things we can do to futureproof education: invest in high-quality teachers by paying them more, invest in school infrastructure projects to create learning spaces of the future, and focus on the essential skills that students will need to enter the workforce.</span></span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p> </p> <p><span><span><em><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.publiccharters.org/about-us/staff/sindy-pierre-noel">Sindy Pierre-Noel</a> is the senior manager of programs at the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools.</span></span></span></span></span></em></span></span></p> <p> </p> <blockquote> <h4><span><span><strong><span><span><span><span><span><a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oz6XkcRImAQ&amp;t=221s">Watch the webinar</a></span></span></span></span></span></strong><span><span><span><span><span> with Google’s Jaime Casap on working and teaching from home during the COVID-19 outbreak and </span></span></span></span></span></span></span>take the conversation to the next level with the <strong><a href="https://ncsc.publiccharters.org/ncscvirtual">virtual National Charter Schools Conference</a></strong> this July!</h4> </blockquote></div> <div class="field field--name-field-tags field--type-entity-reference field--label-above"> <div class="field--label">Tags</div> <div class="field--items"> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/159" hreflang="en">National Charter Schools Conference</a></div> <div class="field--item"><a href="/taxonomy/term/448" hreflang="en">COVID-19</a></div> </div> </div> <section> <h2>Add new comment</h2> <drupal-render-placeholder callback="comment.lazy_builders:renderForm" arguments="0=node&amp;1=17505&amp;2=field_comments&amp;3=comment" token="cGcJ0dsJHLdMXdqHBPLqeM-P4aPEWbjl8XjZjfX28E8"></drupal-render-placeholder> </section> Wed, 22 Apr 2020 18:48:04 +0000 Melinda 17505 at https://www.publiccharters.org